DADE CITY - Matt Stauch and his Moccasin teamates maintained their front-running positions from Saturday and came home with both the team and individual championships of the University of South Florida Ron Smith Invitational here Sunday at Lake Jovita Golf Course.
After a 68 and a 65 in the first two rounds, Stauch had a one-under-par 71 in Sunday's final round to finish at 204, five strokes better than South Alabama's Marc Ettienne Bussieres and Nebraskaâs Andrew Wyatt. The tournament victory is the second outright individual win this season for Stauch. He won the Queens Invitational in the fall. Last year he shared medalist honors in the USF tournament.
Starting the final round with a five-stroke lead, the Moccasins and runner-up Middle Tennessee matched scores Sunday with both teams shooting a 283. The Moccasins finished with a final team score of 852, while Middle Tennessee finished at 857. FSC and Columbus State were the only Division II-schools in the 23-team field. It's the Moccasins' first outright tournament championship since winning the Coker College Invitational in September of 2008. They lost in a playoff for the team title in last yearâs USF Invitational.
Shelton Smith came in with a final round score of 72 to finish in a tie for fourth at 211. Jude Eustaquio and Danny Evelyn each shot a two-under-par 70 for the Moccasins' best rounds of the day Sunday. Eustaquio finished in a tie for 17th at 215. Evelyn tied for 55th at 224. Lee White had a 78 to finish tied for 108th at 235.
The Moccasins' next tournament will be the Southeastern Intercollegiate in Valdosta, Ga., Mar. 14-16.